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2020-06-06 3:12:45 PM  
I'm getting blocked because I'm in California.
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Copy pasta somebody?
Please.
 
2020-06-06 3:22:08 PM  
cops in toronto are leaving handy piles of rocks where protesters are expected to pass
 
2020-06-06 3:28:00 PM  

blender61: I'm getting blocked because I'm in California.
Yes, I have no VPN today.

Copy pasta somebody?
Please.


A Pittsburgh man has been charged with a federal crime after police said he placed a backpack containing several homemade bombs in Downtown Pittsburgh on May 31.
U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady announced Saturday that Matthew Michanowicz, 52, of the city's Duquesne Heights neighborhood, was charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device. He was arrested Friday by Allegheny County sheriffs.
Pittsburgh police responded Monday morning to an open area at 2 PNC Plaza where PNC security personnel reported seeing a "military, green backpack" by a bicycle rack.
The police's bomb squad found what they referred to as three suspected "homemade Molotov cocktails," identified in arrest papers filed against Michanowicz as "spent OC vapor grenades," which contained a fluid that was leaking out of at least of the devices.
"All three devices had wicks attached to them, which were held in place by what appears to be spray-foam insulation," according to the arrest papers .
Surveillance footage provided by PNC showed a man with the backpack was riding a blue bicycle with a red handlebar pouch. On Wednesday , a Pittsburgh police officer spotted a man on a bicycle matching that description "in the exact location where the bag had been discovered" on Monday, according to federal officials.
After initially releasing Michanowicz, the officer was directed to detain him for questioning. Police said Michanowicz told them he had visited the area to look at the aftermath of earlier protests, but said he never had any destructive devices.
Authorities searched Michanowicz's Republic Street home Thursday. They say it turned up a bundle of the same type of fuse as those on the bombs, a can of spray foam and a syringe containing a liquid whose odor was consistent with the bombs.
Investigators also allegedly found 10 more backpacks similar to the bag left Downtown.
"Once again, we see that certain participants in the protests in Pittsburgh were only present to serve as agitators and to incite violence. Let's call them what they are: criminals," Brady said in a statement released Saturday. "They have no intention of peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights; they seek only to incite and destroy.
"Michanowicz brought a backpack full of homemade Molotov cocktails to downtown Pittsburgh. He wasn't there to protest; he was there to engage in violent attacks."
If convicted, Michanowicz faces up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $250,000. A court date has not yet been set.
"I hope that any organizers or protesters who are participating consistent with the First Amendment will help identify and stop agitators who seek to manipulate their protest for violent ends," Brady said. "Rest assured that we stand ready to prosecute such provocateurs federally."

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2020-06-06 3:45:34 PM  

Colour_out_of_Space: blender61: I'm getting blocked because I'm in California.
Yes, I have no VPN today.

Copy pasta somebody?
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A Pittsburgh man has been charged with a federal crime after police said he placed a backpack containing several homemade bombs in Downtown Pittsburgh on May 31.
U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady announced Saturday that Matthew Michanowicz, 52, of the city's Duquesne Heights neighborhood, was charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device. He was arrested Friday by Allegheny County sheriffs.
Pittsburgh police responded Monday morning to an open area at 2 PNC Plaza where PNC security personnel reported seeing a "military, green backpack" by a bicycle rack.
The police's bomb squad found what they referred to as three suspected "homemade Molotov cocktails," identified in arrest papers filed against Michanowicz as "spent OC vapor grenades," which contained a fluid that was leaking out of at least of the devices.
"All three devices had wicks attached to them, which were held in place by what appears to be spray-foam insulation," according to the arrest papers .
Surveillance footage provided by PNC showed a man with the backpack was riding a blue bicycle with a red handlebar pouch. On Wednesday , a Pittsburgh police officer spotted a man on a bicycle matching that description "in the exact location where the bag had been discovered" on Monday, according to federal officials.
After initially releasing Michanowicz, the officer was directed to detain him for questioning. Police said Michanowicz told them he had visited the area to look at the aftermath of earlier protests, but said he never had any destructive devices.
Authorities searched Michanowicz's Republic Street home Thursday. They say it turned up a bundle of the same type of fuse as those on the bombs, a can of spray foam and a syringe containing a liquid whose odor was consistent with the bombs.
Investigators also allegedly found 10 more backpacks similar to the bag left Downtown.
"Once again ...


Thanks. Your a good man.
 
2020-06-06 3:59:17 PM  
This here rworded jackwagon is looking at serious federal time. As he should be.
If he gets off with ten years he'll be lucky.
 
2020-06-06 3:59:47 PM  

blender61: Thanks. Your a good man.


Cheers and thx
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2020-06-06 4:28:43 PM  

Colour_out_of_Space: blender61: Thanks. Your a good man.

Cheers and thx
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No worries.
Nice hat.
 
2020-06-06 4:39:37 PM  
Why isn't he charged with terrorism?
 
2020-06-06 4:55:59 PM  

blender61: This here rworded jackwagon is looking at serious federal time. As he should be.
If he gets off with ten years he'll be lucky.


Or given a free pass by Barr and a medal by TwoScoops* .
 
2020-06-06 5:32:25 PM  

dionysusaur: blender61: This here rworded jackwagon is looking at serious federal time. As he should be.
If he gets off with ten years he'll be lucky.

Or given a free pass by Barr and a medal by TwoScoops* .


Get this rotten asshole out of my city.
 
2020-06-06 6:10:25 PM  
Lock him up with this other Pittsburgh douche.

Bartels is facing charges of institutional vandalism, rioting and reckless endangerment. According to police, he's responsible for breaking the windows out of a Pittsburgh police car against the wishes of peaceful protesters.
 
2020-06-06 6:10:27 PM  

Clarence Brown: Why isn't he charged with terrorism?


He's white, and probably wanted to bomb the protesters.
 
2020-06-06 6:11:20 PM  
Ok, boomer.
 
2020-06-06 6:12:39 PM  

blender61: I'm getting blocked because I'm in California.
Yes, I have no VPN today.

Copy pasta somebody?
Please.


Same boat.  Apparently news on a news site cant be shared to the public?
 
2020-06-06 6:13:37 PM  
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2020-06-06 6:13:50 PM  
From the look of his mugshot his momma was an albino raccoon.
 
2020-06-06 6:14:56 PM  
A Pittsburgh man who was seen on video placing a backpack full of homemade bombs downtown has been charged. Apparently 10 more backpacks have been found  at his house

FTFY subby, way to fearmonger and make it appear they found backpacks all over town with bombs in them. They found 10 more of the same backpacks at his house. From your headline, it implies that they found them all over town, or something, which is gonna freak people the fark out.
 
2020-06-06 6:15:05 PM  
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Did Gary Busey fark a hobbit?
 
2020-06-06 6:15:25 PM  
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2020-06-06 6:15:59 PM  

rebelyell2006: Clarence Brown: Why isn't he charged with terrorism?

He's white, and probably wanted to bomb the protesters.


These guys got charged with terrorism:
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020​/​06/03/us/ap-us-american-protests-terro​rism-charges.html
 
2020-06-06 6:16:22 PM  

Colour_out_of_Space: blender61: I'm getting blocked because I'm in California.
Yes, I have no VPN today.

Copy pasta somebody?
Please.

A Pittsburgh man has been charged with a federal crime after police said he placed a backpack containing several homemade bombs in Downtown Pittsburgh on May 31.
U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady announced Saturday that Matthew Michanowicz, 52, of the city's Duquesne Heights neighborhood, was charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device. He was arrested Friday by Allegheny County sheriffs.
Pittsburgh police responded Monday morning to an open area at 2 PNC Plaza where PNC security personnel reported seeing a "military, green backpack" by a bicycle rack.
The police's bomb squad found what they referred to as three suspected "homemade Molotov cocktails," identified in arrest papers filed against Michanowicz as "spent OC vapor grenades," which contained a fluid that was leaking out of at least of the devices.
"All three devices had wicks attached to them, which were held in place by what appears to be spray-foam insulation," according to the arrest papers .
Surveillance footage provided by PNC showed a man with the backpack was riding a blue bicycle with a red handlebar pouch. On Wednesday , a Pittsburgh police officer spotted a man on a bicycle matching that description "in the exact location where the bag had been discovered" on Monday, according to federal officials.
After initially releasing Michanowicz, the officer was directed to detain him for questioning. Police said Michanowicz told them he had visited the area to look at the aftermath of earlier protests, but said he never had any destructive devices.
Authorities searched Michanowicz's Republic Street home Thursday. They say it turned up a bundle of the same type of fuse as those on the bombs, a can of spray foam and a syringe containing a liquid whose odor was consistent with the bombs.
Investigators also allegedly found 10 more backpacks similar to the bag left Downtown.
"Once again, we see that certain participants in the protests in Pittsburgh were only present to serve as agitators and to incite violence. Let's call them what they are: criminals," Brady said in a statement released Saturday. "They have no intention of peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights; they seek only to incite and destroy.
"Michanowicz brought a backpack full of homemade Molotov cocktails to downtown Pittsburgh. He wasn't there to protest; he was there to engage in violent attacks."
If convicted, Michanowicz faces up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $250,000. A court date has not yet been set.
"I hope that any organizers or protesters who are participating consistent with the First Amendment will help identify and stop agitators who seek to manipulate their protest for violent ends," Brady said. "Rest assured that we stand ready to prosecute such provocateurs federally."

And the picture of the bad Edgar Winter cosplayer:
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There were no George Floyd protests at the time, were there?

/looking at the timeline for those Proud Boys provocateurs
 
2020-06-06 6:17:19 PM  

Dr. DJ Duckhunt: [Fark user image image 431x287]

Did Gary Busey fark a hobbit?


The real question is how many hobbits has he farked.
 
2020-06-06 6:18:14 PM  

blender61: I'm getting blocked because I'm in California.
Yes, I have no VPN today.

Copy pasta somebody?
Please.


Did you try a second time? First time I opened it, it took me to some weird California Consumer Privacy Act page, the second time, it loaded correctly. WTF is up? Can you not read it in California because it mentions bombs, or something?

I got this:
Because you are viewing this site from a location that is covered by the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 ("CCPA"), many of the features of TribLIVE.com -- like videos and social media elements -- are disabled. If you disable cookies, this site will not work properly

BTW, I don't live in CA, so I don't know why I got the page.
 
2020-06-06 6:18:18 PM  

Clarence Brown: Why isn't he charged with terrorism?


Too white.
 
2020-06-06 6:18:43 PM  
I'd call him Aryan except that he looks like he's just had all the color inbred out of him.
 
2020-06-06 6:19:20 PM  
I'm no munitions surgeon but isn't "homemade molotov cocktail" redundant? Also, those don't look like molotovs to me but that sure does sound riotty, huh.
 
2020-06-06 6:20:24 PM  
I'm glad they said it was spray foam.  I was thinking a beer can, wrapped in a florescent microfiber towel with a toilet paper tube to complete the ensemble.

I'm also curious why the term "protester" instead of say, "demonstrator."    I didn't go to Catholic school, so "protester" may be a common term in some parts.  It's curious the FBI is asking for help from the same people who are vilified in DC.
 
2020-06-06 6:21:08 PM  
Even if a person wants to commit violence and blow shiat up, who looks at a backpack full of 'homemade bombs' and thinks to themselves "Hey free bombs, let's roll the dice on using these".
 
2020-06-06 6:21:32 PM  

Colour_out_of_Space: blender61: I'm getting blocked because I'm in California.
Yes, I have no VPN today.

Copy pasta somebody?
Please.

A Pittsburgh man has been charged with a federal crime after police said he placed a backpack containing several homemade bombs in Downtown Pittsburgh on May 31.
U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady announced Saturday that Matthew Michanowicz, 52, of the city's Duquesne Heights neighborhood, was charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device. He was arrested Friday by Allegheny County sheriffs.
Pittsburgh police responded Monday morning to an open area at 2 PNC Plaza where PNC security personnel reported seeing a "military, green backpack" by a bicycle rack.
The police's bomb squad found what they referred to as three suspected "homemade Molotov cocktails," identified in arrest papers filed against Michanowicz as "spent OC vapor grenades," which contained a fluid that was leaking out of at least of the devices.
"All three devices had wicks attached to them, which were held in place by what appears to be spray-foam insulation," according to the arrest papers .
Surveillance footage provided by PNC showed a man with the backpack was riding a blue bicycle with a red handlebar pouch. On Wednesday , a Pittsburgh police officer spotted a man on a bicycle matching that description "in the exact location where the bag had been discovered" on Monday, according to federal officials.
After initially releasing Michanowicz, the officer was directed to detain him for questioning. Police said Michanowicz told them he had visited the area to look at the aftermath of earlier protests, but said he never had any destructive devices.
Authorities searched Michanowicz's Republic Street home Thursday. They say it turned up a bundle of the same type of fuse as those on the bombs, a can of spray foam and a syringe containing a liquid whose odor was consistent with the bombs.
Investigators also allegedly found 10 more backpacks similar to the bag left Downtown.
"Once again, we see that certain participants in the protests in Pittsburgh were only present to serve as agitators and to incite violence. Let's call them what they are: criminals," Brady said in a statement released Saturday. "They have no intention of peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights; they seek only to incite and destroy.
"Michanowicz brought a backpack full of homemade Molotov cocktails to downtown Pittsburgh. He wasn't there to protest; he was there to engage in violent attacks."
If convicted, Michanowicz faces up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $250,000. A court date has not yet been set.
"I hope that any organizers or protesters who are participating consistent with the First Amendment will help identify and stop agitators who seek to manipulate their protest for violent ends," Brady said. "Rest assured that we stand ready to prosecute such provocateurs federally."

And the picture of the bad Edgar Winter cosplayer:
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Clearly one of them there black lives matter antifas.

And I say "clearly" because he is literally translucent.
 
2020-06-06 6:25:14 PM  

some_beer_drinker: cops in toronto are leaving handy piles of rocks where protesters are expected to pass


Citation, please....
 
2020-06-06 6:26:04 PM  
We're just warming up. Wait until November if\when Trump loses. Domestic terrorism will be the new norm. And Trump will fan those flames as high as he can. He's already starting with the rigged election rhetoric. We're in for a bumpy road for a while.
 
2020-06-06 6:27:15 PM  
The article takes great pain to avoid talking about the motive. After spending a good 5 seconds looking at him and comparing it with how quickly the media is usually quick to highlight the actions of protestors who loot and perform vandalism, I can deduce what his goal was...
 
2020-06-06 6:28:39 PM  
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The Master Race, ladies & gents.
 
2020-06-06 6:28:47 PM  
OtherLittleGuy:
There were no George Floyd protests at the time, were there?

Per the news reports I just Googled there was, in Pittsburgh, the weekend of the 30th and 31st.
 
2020-06-06 6:28:52 PM  

some_beer_drinker: cops in toronto are leaving handy piles of rocks where protesters are expected to pass


Make like the Hong Kong protesters and glue them to the street.
 
2020-06-06 6:31:23 PM  

Zykstar: The article takes great pain to avoid talking about the motive. After spending a good 5 seconds looking at him and comparing it with how quickly the media is usually quick to highlight the actions of protestors who loot and perform vandalism, I can deduce what his goal was...


He's a member of the Albino Raccoon Liberation Front?
 
2020-06-06 6:31:25 PM  

rebelyell2006: Clarence Brown: Why isn't he charged with terrorism?

He's white, and probably wanted to bomb the protesters.


In 2019 we'd have to accept that and grumble about such double-standards.  But its 2020, no more nervous chuckles, no more excuses.

He wanted to carry out domestic terrorism, he should be charged as such.
 
2020-06-06 6:31:31 PM  

Hey Nurse!: We're just warming up. Wait until November if\when Trump loses. Domestic terrorism will be the new norm. And Trump will fan those flames as high as he can. He's already starting with the rigged election rhetoric. We're in for a bumpy road for a while.


nobody showed for MAGA night at the Whitehouse, which I think was even the night he ended up in the bunker
 
2020-06-06 6:32:19 PM  
Did they kneel on his neck when they arrested him?
 
2020-06-06 6:33:27 PM  
Before I clicked I was like, he's white isn't he.  Does that make me racist?
 
2020-06-06 6:33:51 PM  
what the cat dragged in: Careful not to cut yourself on that edge.

Ok. If things get any worse, though, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me.

/i keed
 
2020-06-06 6:36:40 PM  
So he was leaving strange looking Molotov cocktails around protest areas and hoping someone would just light the thing to see what it was?
 
2020-06-06 6:37:01 PM  
So, they found one backpack that had three empty cans in them? Seriously?

Man, if the cops ever notice that everyone has recycling bins, they're going to shut down the state.
 
2020-06-06 6:37:19 PM  

Incog_Neeto: Before I clicked I was like, he's white isn't he.  Does that make me racist?


No, it means you have been paying attention.
 
2020-06-06 6:37:44 PM  

rebelyell2006: Clarence Brown: Why isn't he charged with terrorism?

He's white, and probably wanted to bomb the protesters.


I hate that I smarted your post.
 
2020-06-06 6:38:53 PM  

Clarence Brown: Why isn't he charged with terrorism?


Violence is only terrorism when it targets white conservatives.

Did you really need to ask?
 
2020-06-06 6:39:12 PM  

2farknfunny: Hey Nurse!: We're just warming up. Wait until November if\when Trump loses. Domestic terrorism will be the new norm. And Trump will fan those flames as high as he can. He's already starting with the rigged election rhetoric. We're in for a bumpy road for a while.

nobody showed for MAGA night at the Whitehouse, which I think was even the night he ended up in the bunker


I'm actually not too worried about that.  If Trump loses, the Republican Party will immediately begin pretending he didn't exist.  Fox News will be puttting "D-NY" next to his name on Nov. 4.  They'll drop him in a dime.

Now, there is the possibility -- the strong possibility -- of a lone wolf Oklahoma City-ilke attack.  But I don't see a widespread uprising.
 
2020-06-06 6:39:32 PM  

Mikey1969: A Pittsburgh man who was seen on video placing a backpack full of homemade bombs downtown has been charged. Apparently 10 more backpacks have been found  at his house

FTFY subby, way to fearmonger and make it appear they found backpacks all over town with bombs in them. They found 10 more of the same backpacks at his house. From your headline, it implies that they found them all over town, or something, which is gonna freak people the fark out.


I didn't get that implication from the headline, it doesn't say anything about where the bags were
 
2020-06-06 6:39:57 PM  

blender61: This here rworded jackwagon is looking at serious federal time. As he should be.
If he gets off with ten years he'll be lucky.


Republican?
 
2020-06-06 6:40:06 PM  
Leaky Molotov cocktail? That's why you use a sealable glass jar and tie the wick to the outside.
 
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